PRAGMATIC IN PRAGUE
WITH ROB PUGH
Photographer Rob Pugh was one of the lucky few invitees to test drive an E-M5 Mk II at an Olympus ‘Action Factory’ event in Prague. The factory was an old water purification centre with a labyrinth of underground tunnels and hidden rooms providing plenty of inspiration for photography, with the chance to explore the features of the new camera via workshops structured throughout the day.
With one of the main pitches for the MkII being that its image stabilisation is the best in the business, as suitable for shooting steady video clips as it is blur-free stills, the first session saw those in attendance take part in filming a short movie in the darkened confines.
The second workshop examined the new camera’s break-through 40-megapixel image-capture function. This combines information from eight sequential shots to produce one ‘mega’ image. The idea is that such a picture from the E-M5 Mk II delivers as much detail as a full frame DSLR – and could even, on occasion, stand in for a medium format digital back for studio work. Naturally the camera has to be mounted on a tripod in this mode.
Next up was an opportunity to test the camera’s low light functions – and again to examine the detail delivered by the 40-megapixel sensor, which Rob Pugh reckoned was a close match for a full frame camera, shooting handheld at 1/50th ISO 2000 f/1.8 using the 45mm lens and 25mm lens. The illuminated environs furthermore provided the opportunity to paint with light – a new experience for the photographer; again all enabled by the creative dexterity of the new camera.